Unfathomable Karma

brown goose

The field of action (karma) is unfathomable, partly because of its complexity, but more so because creation is simultaneous – everything happened at once. (And never happened at all.) Part of our purpose is to experience the details of an aspect of that instant. This is done by playing it out incrementally as a sequence of experiences. Thus we experience time and experience unfolding and can digest the details of this perspective of wholeness. I can’t say it’s the Divine that needs this unfolding. For the Divine, all about this possibility was known in that instant of musing. But we … Continue Reading…

The Bailiwick

There are some curious paradoxes that arise as we grow spiritually. For example, knowing we are not the body-mind yet experiencing through it anyway. Or knowing the world was never created in the first place, yet living in it. Or why creation repeats if it’s completed by our experiences of it. Another one came into focus during a conversation the other night. On the one hand, the cycles of time and rising and falling consciousness directly relate to the position of this planet in this solar system in this galaxy. A planet in another solar system in our galaxy will … Continue Reading…

Relative Orientation

Nested Dolls

This is another one of those more abstract explorations. The levels of creation are present both globally and within the nested spaces of our expression, this body-mind. There is globally self-aware consciousness within which are creations. Within our creation is multiple universes. Within our universe is many scales of nested spaces – galactic clusters, galaxies, star systems, and stars and planets. Simultaneously, we also scale up. We have a physical body, an energy body, a mental body, and so forth. These spaces or sheathes are inter-nested with the object spaces above. (Life forms have an energy system that non-life forms … Continue Reading…

Fast or Slow?

On an article on the Mahamarmas, Dorothy Rowe makes an excellent observation. “The slower path reveals more detail, while the faster path yields greater results. Detail satisfies the mind, results satisfy the heart. Ultimately, Being wants results with a full understanding of details.” I’ve seen people fly though the stages in consciousness. But then they had a lot of catching up to do, to integrate and get the coarser levels caught up to the inner development. In the process, the details are filled in. Others have taken years for the initial awakening to become clear. Life has a much easier … Continue Reading…

Sensing and Pure Experience

saphiri cat

I’ve written before about our dominant sense. Are we visual, auditory, or more feeling? This often influences how we relate to unfolding spirituality. Someone more somatic, for example, will be more healing and diet conscious but less inclined to subtle sight at first. This will influence the style of their experiences, their language choices, and how they relate to the unfolding. In a recent webinar, Dorothy Rowe clarified the difference between sensing and pure experience. Sensing is what I refer to above, how we process our experiences and put them into words. But actual pure experience is consciousness itself. It … Continue Reading…

The Bull of Dharma

road in light

I’ve spoken before about dharma in the 4 areas of life. Also that dharma means that which sustains. In other words, dharma is actions (karma) in life that sustain it and the world in which we’re unfolding. I’ve also seen dharma described as 3 levels: Universal (Rishi), Vocational (Devata), and Personal (Chhandas) where rishi, devata, and chhandas are the 3 aspects of consciousness: knower, knowing, and known. This is like the 4 areas of life but leaves out time-of-life and shifts caste more into vocation. Dharma can also be framed as that which supports the degree of consciousness being expressed. … Continue Reading…

Time is a Perspective

wharf dream

I’ve spoken before about how the experience of time is an effect of the process of experience. This is the most abstract part of the dynamics of self-aware consciousness and perhaps the least obvious. In any experience we can see there is a subject and an object and we can recognize sensing the object but the process of experience behind sensing is more subtle. Yet when we change the experiencer’s relationship with experiencing, our experience of time changes. The most obvious example is how time seems to slow down when we’re bored and have to wait. Or, how time seems … Continue Reading…

Born of Blood and Soul

Lighthouse

I’ve mentioned before how we’re a blend of bloodline and past lives. The Vedas call this Shadbhava or 6 houses, 3 of each. Our body is tuned by the blended DNA of our parents composition, roughly half and half. Our parents’ DNA comes down through a long line of adaptations. The Y-chromosome carries the male line, and the mitochondria carries the matrilineal DNA. Our cells contain the learning of many, many generations. When the soul enters that body, you then have the emphasis of the souls experience and its dominant laws influencing the DNA and the growth and development of … Continue Reading…

Right Seeing

Angkor Wat library at sunset

All knowledge is hinged on right seeing. We can say creation is full of lit doorways. These may be doors into higher levels, higher stages, or new vistas. But to see those doorways, we have to be standing in the right place, in the right perspective. If we’re around the corner, we don’t see it. But if we move into right perspective, right seeing, the lamp lights the door. There is a readiness needed for right seeing. We might call this a security for the Divine so it remains pure. But this is also for yourself so you can approach … Continue Reading…

Karma vs Dharma

sunrise under

There is another way of seeing the dynamics of karma and dharma. To recap, karma is action, energy. It is doing. The devata do and this creates experiences for us, the experiencers. Our experiences are then processed and digested. If we resist or grasp or otherwise get in the way of the smooth flow of action, we create residues of incomplete action. This is often what people call karma. Most people are identified with their sense of personal me. This ego-sense lays claim to doing as mine. It grasps at events to say I am, I did, I think, and … Continue Reading…

Love That Problem

photo by Simona Dumitru

When a challenge shows up, it can annoy us, disappoint, or trigger fear. It may cause a fight/ flight/ or freeze stress response. This is natural. Just allow this to come up and pass. Don’t try to solve the problem while you’re still reacting. Let things settle out first. If we dwell on our reactions, we’re creating resistance to the circumstance. This does not encourage resolution – of the emotion or the problem. Problem solving means creativity, big picture, and stepping back. I wrote previously about Mark’s approach. It’s always more difficult if we’re constraining ourselves. If we can accept … Continue Reading…

Balance

Travails of Sunrise

We can think of light and dark as on a brightness spectrum. And yet curiously they also behave like a loop. Too much purity and we can’t integrate and drift into inertia and shadow. Too much darkness and we fall into the light. Another way we can see this is that the spectrum has infinity at both ends. The smoother path is not at the extremes. Rather than rejecting the darkness, we should seek the balance point. The dancer always risks falling, but it’s the balance that allows the beauty of the dance to unfold. Without dissolution, there is no … Continue Reading…